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Desert toned Australian Flag

Date: c 2006
Overall: 55 x 70 mm, 6.17 g
Medium: Fabric
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Sea Power Centre Australia
Object Name: Patch
Object No: 00044934

User Terms

    This unofficial patch features a desert-toned Australian flag and was worn by some Australian servicemen in the Middle East Area of Operations. It is designed to blend in with the desert-coloured camouflage of the Australian Defence Force uniform, and includes the word Australia written in Arabic for locals to identify.

    SignificanceThis badge highlights the recent action of Australian troops in the Middle East, as part of a multi-national operation against terroism.
    HistoryThe Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) incorporates Operation SLIPPER and Operation CATALYST which have been undertaken since 2005 as part of a multi-national campaign. Operation SLIPPER's main mission is to demonstrate Australia's commitment to the international coalition against terrorism. Operation CATALYST is the Australian Defence Force's contribution to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Iraq. Both of these are presently still in operation in the Middle East (2008). Australia's involvement in the Iraq campaign has been contentious within the Australian public.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Desert toned Australian Flag

    Collection title: Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) service in the Middle East 2006-2007

    Web title: Australian cloth patch

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